Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Physaria kingii (S. Watson) O'Kane & Al-Shehbaz subsp. bernardina (Munz) O'Kane & Al-Shehbaz

San Bernardino Mountains Bladderpod

Found in only a few localities in the San Bernardino mountains, P. kingii subsp. bernardina is listed as endangered by the California Native Plant Society and the Federal government. Found on higher outcrops of grano-dioritic rock, the plant itself isn't all that impressive, but is a pleasing burst of color against the white of its native substrate.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Orthilia secunda (L.) House

Sidebells wintergreen

Orthilia secunda (L.) House in flower at
Rock Creek canyon, Kern co.
Found in the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west of the Mojave, Orthilia secunda is a species of heath that is found in a circumboreal distribution throughout the northern hemisphere. Though originally placed into the genus Pyroloa, commonly called wintergreens, it was later moved into its current genus, which as of the moment is monotypic (meaning there is only one documented species within it).